Got a pain in the hand?
Let’s suppose you’re in bed one night going to sleep. Suddenly, the numb or tingling sensation you’ve been having in your hand turns into a pain that shoots through your arm. Or let’s say instead that these symptoms suddenly show up while you’re typing, driving, using your mobile or holding a cup of coffee. Sound familiar? Then it’s possible that you have what’s called carpal tunnel syndrome.
The carpal tunnel is a tiny bony passageway in the wrist through which the median nerve – a major nerve to the hand – and several tendons pass. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when this nerve becomes pinched or squeezed for one reason or another. This causes numbness, tingling, pain and weakness in the hand that characterise carpal tunnel syndrome.
Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome
Many factors can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. Some people are congenitally predisposed to get the problem. Women are more likely to get it than men because they have smaller carpal tunnels and the condition is also often triggered by pregnancy and menopause.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can also occur due to wrist injuries or inflammation and swelling in the carpal tunnel due to health problems like rheumatoid arthritis. Some diseases such as diabetes increase the risk of damage to the median nerve. The chances of getting carpal tunnel syndrome also rise with activities such as using power tools and working in jobs which involve repeated and prolonged flexing of the wrist, as happens in assembly lines.
If you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome and want to relieve the tingling, numbness or pain, there are several ways to go about it to restore your hand and wrist function.
People who only have a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome can ease their discomfort by taking breaks to give their hands a rest, avoiding activities that worsen the symptoms and possibly applying a cold pack on the affected wrist to relieve any swelling.
Often, the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome consists of putting a splint or brace on the wrist. This holds the wrist still to help relieve the symptoms and may also be worn at night. Pain can also be relieved by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) or corticosteroids medications which reduce the inflammation and swelling of the tissue that is putting pressure on the median nerve. Other non-surgical therapies that can help provide relief include massage as well as stretching and strengthening exercises of the lower arm. These can help to rehabilitate hands and wrists that have become weak due to carpal tunnel syndrome. If the symptoms persist, carpal tunnel surgery may be necessary whereby the pressure on the median nerve is relieved by cutting the tissue that is pressing on it.
Keeping nerves healthy
Vitamin B is highly important for healthy nerves, with vitamins B1 (thiamine), B6 (pyridoxine) and B12 (cobalamin) being essential for them to function normally. All three of these B vitamins come in the health supplement Neurobion®. Vitamin B1 plays an important role in major metabolic processes. Vitamin B6 has an analgesic effect. Vitamin B12 ensures blood formation and prevents degenerative processes of the nervous system. Known as neurotropic vitamins, these vitamins work synergistically with each other in treating or slowing down the progression of nerve damage.
Neurobion® with a combination of vitamins B1, B6 and B12 is clinically known to nourish the nerve cells. Neurobion® helps to improve nerve function and relieve nerve pain as well as to keep the feelings of tingling and numbness at bay. Take Neurobion® today to help keep your nerves healthy.
The information contained in this article is not intended or designed to diagnose, prevent, treat or provide a cure for any condition or disease, to ascertain the state of your health or be substituted for medical care. Procter & Gamble encourages you to seek advice from your doctor or healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns arising from the information in this article.